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could see wagons and buggies coming down the pike past my
place. The dust never got settled before somebody stirred it
up again coming toward town. They've come from all over,
all these counties round here. They say people slept in their
wagons or on the ground or sat up all night talking and
singing," He took a slow sip from his glass, and shook his
head. "It's been forty years since I've seen this many folks
together—not since the war."

"It is a kind of war/' the Senator remarked,    •

Captain Todd shook his head, smiling a little. " Well, just
a kind of one, I hope. I had four years of another kind, and
I reckon that's enough to hold a man the rest of his life."

At that moment there was the sound of Mr. Christian's
boots on the boards of the passage and his voice calling for
Captain Todd. Then he entered the room, flushed and per-
spiring, with his daughter behind him. He turned and
pointed accusingly at her, saying: "She had to primp, she
cook ten minutes primping and kept me standing there 1 We
gonna be late at this rate."

"I don't think so," the Senator said.

"Come here, Sukie," Mr. Christian commanded, then turn-
ing to the men, announced: "This is my girl Sukie. She's
come home to run my house for me, like I told you/'

41 This is a great pleasure," the Senator declared, and bowed
as he took her hand.

* I used to know you," Captain Todd said, "when you
wene a little girl"

Somewhat embarrassed, as though he were alone in front
rf the thousands of eyes, and not knowing precisely how he
onae to be there, Mr. Munn sat in a chair on the high plat-
niKfcr the awning, which was hung with red, white,
Hoc bunting, But the eyes, he knew, were not fixed
KB* The Senator was speaking, his full, rich voice,
Mondd^at need, ring out like a trumpet, dominating
!*e ft* «smpaess of the afternoon air. People, men for the
.** jut, crowded up to the very edge of the platform.